Up to £1M is available for Phase 1 of this two phase competition funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
The mission of the MOD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is "To equip and support our Armed Forces for operations now and in the future." DE&S is responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the UK Armed Forces.
Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) is the generic term for inspection methods that permit the examination of materials, structures and components without causing any damage that render them unfit for use. Standard methods already used on military air vehicles include radiography, ultrasound, eddy current, magnetic particle and penetrant flaw detection. However across Defence, many other systems and subsystems are tested to destruction, for example soft armour, helmets and ammunition.
This challenge seeks innovative concepts that could improve NDE within the deployed and fixed environment and provide a mixture of the following benefits:
Accurately measure/monitor equipment/components to optimise maintenance plans.
Reduce inventory costs by applying non-intrusive system monitoring.
Improve operational agility by reducing the logistical burden.
These may address one or more of the following three themed areas:
Open theme - we will pursue exploitation of any appropriate NDE concepts under this theme
Airworthiness – a specific opportunity exists to develop an approach or technology that would permit the assessment of aircraft fuel and hydraulic seals in-situ.
Individual Protection - including three specific areas; soft body armour, hard body armour and helmets
MOD are particularly interested in compact, portable and deployable solutions that improve operating capability and drive supply chain and inventory efficiencies.
Phase 2 funding to develop working prototypes will be available for those projects that demonstrate the greatest potential at the end of the Phase 1 contract.
This competition opens on Monday 22nd June and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 19th August, 2015.
A briefing event will be held in London on Tuesday 14 July 2015.
A Briefing webinar will be held on 17 July at 2pm.
All proposals must be submitted via the Innovate UK portal.
Supporting documents & links
This competition is run by Innovate UK.
Open Date: 22nd June 2015
Registration Closes: 12th August 2015
Close Date: 19th August 2015
Contracts awarded: TBC
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